Looking for the best events in June in New Zealand? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve uncovered six of the best events taking place in June with a little bit of something for everyone. From art lovers to family fun to winter adventures, June is a great month to get out and do something different. This year will be the first year many of these events have been able to run at full capacity for a couple of years so they promise to be bigger and better than ever. Support these events taking place all around the country and get planning your winter adventure.

June officially marks the start of winter here in New Zealand and whilst the temperatures may start to drop and we might get a bit more wet weather, it’s not time to hibernate just yet. Whilst duvet days watching Netflix might seem appealing, with so much going on here in New Zealand in June, it would be rude not to get out and check out some of these fantastic events taking place all around the country. Give your TV a break and try something new this winter. To help you choose, we’ve highlighted 6 of the best events in New Zealand this June.

1. THE NZ ART SHOW 2022

 

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The NZ Art Show is the most important event on the calendar for art lovers up in New Zealand. That’s because it’s the country’s largest sale of affordable art that provides the opportunity for any New Zealander to pick up some original New Zealand art.

Hundreds of New Zealand artists will contribute over a thousand works of art across the three-day event at the TSB Bank Arena in Wellington.

On offer will be pieces from established artists alongside emerging artists from all over the country. Everything on show will be up for sale so there’ll be plenty of work to go around, but you might have to get in early to get exactly what you want.

Held over the Queen’s Birthday weekend at Wellington’s TSB Arena, all artworks are under $5,000. The NZ Art Show is the ideal place to start or add to your collection of original NZ art.

If for nothing more, it’s an interesting way to see and get a feel for the work that’s currently being produced by the leading artists in New Zealand.

Event: The NZ Art Show 2022

When: 3-5 June 2022

Where: TSB Bank Arena, Wellington

2. WELLINGTON BRICKSHOW

 

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Kiwis have loved LEGO for years. In the past, the biggest event on LEGO-lovers calendars has been Brickcon NZ. This year, it is going by a slightly different name – the Wellington Brickshow, however, for fans of LEGO here in New Zealand, it is still the ultimate event.

The event has been held in Palmerston North in recent years, however, this year, it returns to Wellington. The Brickshow is a two day LEGO Fan expo open to the public, displaying some of New Zealand’s best and most creative builders as well as plenty of public interactive activities.

Run by WELL-LUG – the Wellington LEGO User Group, they also hold more regular meetups in Wellington, Palmerston North and Hawke’s Bay. You can find out more over on their website and discover the latest and upcoming events.

It really is a fantastic gathering and one that is hugely popular, especially with the massive play pit they have. Be sure to get your tickets early for this one!

Event: Wellington Brick Show 2022

When: 4-5 June 2022

Where: Whirinaki Whare Taonga, Upper Hutt, Wellington

3. ARMAGEDDON EXPO 2022 – THE 100TH EVENT

 

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Avid fans of comics and popular culture will know all about Armageddon Expo 2022 taking place in Auckland and may even have cosplay costumes sorted. For the rest of you, it might be an interesting cultural experience to participate in, and certainly one that the kids will get into.

This will be the 100th Armageddon Expo event and organisers are going all out to make sure this is the biggest and best yet.

Check out the main hall for exhibitors showcasing the best in collectables, pop culture, sci-fi and fantasy merch. Play the latest games, experience virtual reality, compete in the Red Bull Racing simulator zone, R16 gaming area, arcade alley, Oppo league of Legends mobile gaming, Just Dance disco floor and massive PC and console gaming areas!

There will also be mini-golf, nerf and airsoft shooting areas, archery, amusements, board gaming and trading card tournaments – PLUS climb inside full-sized spaceships including a racing pod, the Steampunk Voyager and DiscoVery Spaceship in the Neon streaming area.

One of the big drawcards of these Armageddon events is the celebrities and this year they are promising in-person stars from Viva La Dirt League, Sonic the Hedgehog, RWBY and Attack on Titan as well as virtual appearances from Lauren Tom from Futurama, Stephen Moyer from True Blood and Rachael Lillis from Pokemon to name but a few.

This is a family-friendly event so bring the whanau to the Winter Auckland Armageddon.

Event: Armageddon Expo 2022

When: 10-12 June 2022

Where: Auckland Showgrounds

4. GREAT AUSTRALASIAN BEER SPECTACULAR (GABS)

 

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Globally recognised as one of the best beer festivals in the world, organisers claim “it’s Disneyland for beer lovers” as you will get the opportunity to taste over 110 new and unique craft beers brewed just for you and released for the very first time at GABS. Meet and share stories with a cracking lineup of some of New Zealand’s best brewers. Discover street food, entertainment, silent disco, beer education, fun games and so much more.

After a two year absence, it’s great to see GABS back on the event calendar here in New Zealand, adding to the stellar lineup of events in June. If you are a fan of craft beer, plan your trip to Auckland in late June and get yourself a ticket to one of the best craft beer festivals in the country. There will be two sessions available to attend:

  • Session 1: 11.30am – 4.30pm
  • Session 2: 6.30pm – 11.30pm

Event: Great Australasian Beer Spectacular

When: 25 June 2022

Where: Auckland Showgrounds

5. MATARIKI FESTIVALS

The months of June and July see one of the biggest Maori festivals in the calendar year. The Matariki Festival in New Zealand celebrates the Maori New Year and the rising of the Matariki star cluster. Events typically take place all over the country with some starting in late June but carrying on right through until the middle of July.

For the first time, New Zealanders will enjoy a public holiday to celebrate Matariki that will take place on Friday 24 June. The Government has committed to ensuring mātauranga Maori is at the heart of celebrations of the Matariki public holiday, and it will be a time for Remembrance – Honouring those we have lost since the last rising of Matariki.

There is a range of events held over the month-long period to celebrate Matariki including community events, film and digital, lectures and presentations, visual arts, environment, workshops, performance, and theatre.

Event: The Matariki Festival

When: 21 June – 16 July 2022

Where: Various locations including Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Wellington, Picton and Dunedin.

6. HAWKE’S BAY WINTER FOOD AND WINE CLASSIC 2022

 

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The Hawke’s Bay is known for many things but two of its most acclaimed strengths are food and wine. That’s why during the month of June they host the Hawke’s Bay Winter Food and Wine Classic (F.A.W.C), a celebration of the best produce and culinary delights the region has to offer.

The festival itself is a comprehensive assault on your taste buds (in a good way) which also boasts a different range of cuisines from Spain, Switzerland, France, The Philippines and beyond. 60+ events will take place across the four weekends in June providing a mouth-watering array of feasting and drinking.

From extraordinarily talented chefs, award-winning winemakers and passionate producers come more than 40 events overflowing with inspiration, creativity and flair.

Event: Hawke’s Bay Winter Food and Wine Classic 2022

When: 3-26 June 2022

Where: Hawke’s Bay

SOME FINE EVENTS IN NEW ZEALAND THIS JUNE

So there it is! 6 great events in New Zealand this June that’ll keep those winter blues away. Don’t forget we also have some great city guides featuring sights and attractions that you can see right throughout the year with a few additional tips about accommodation and dining!

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